From five-ingredient meals to time-saving Instant Pot dinners, the dishes featured in these six cookbooks are ideal for the busy school season that’s upon us again.
With all the after-school projects, events and other commitments this time of year, getting dinner on the table proves to be extra challenging. To make things a little easier, we’ve rounded up six cookbooks that’ll help you whip up delicious and nutritious meals for the fam as effortlessly as possible.
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1. THE ESSENTIAL INSTANT POT COOKBOOK
This year’s best gadget award has to go to the Instant Pot. The pressure cooker is indeed having a comeback, as it makes dishes like fork-tender roasts and slowly simmered chilies entirely doable on busy, time-pressed weeknights. The Essential Instant Pot offers a variety of recipes — for everything from pulled pork to banana cake — that will have you reaching for this essential gadget every single night.
The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook, Coco Morante, Ten Speed Press, $25.95, Indigo.
2. GREEN KITCHEN AT HOME: QUICK AND HEALTHY VEGETARIAN FOOD FOR EVERY DAY
Cookbook authors and creators of the Green Kitchen Stories blog, David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl came out with a new cookbook offering recipes that can be made on the weekend and used in a variety of dishes during the week.
Green Kitchen at Home: Quick and Healthy Vegetarian Food for Every Day by David Frenkiel, $50, Indigo.
3. THE SCHOOL YEAR SURVIVAL COOKBOOK
Authors Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh know a thing or two about what it’s like to feed a busy family every night. In The School Year Survival Cookbook, they share all the tools you need to keep a well-stocked and easy-to-use pantry and offer recipes with make-ahead directions for tasty dishes.
The School Year Survival Cookbook by Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh, $29.95, Indigo.
Inviting and varied, one-bowl meals are a pleasant addition to any meal plan. This cookbook will ensure you never get bored of them with its recipes featuring variations of protein, veggies, grains and seasonings.
One-Bowl Meals Cookbook by The Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen $16.95, Indigo.
5. SALADS: OVER 60 SATISFYING SALADS FOR LUNCH AND DINNER
In a bit of a salad rut? This cookbook is for you. It will give you endless inspiration to create satisfying, filling salads boasting interesting combinations of ingredients. A few favourites include a carrot and pistachio salad with a spiced Middle-Eastern dressing and a corn and radicchio salad with smoked ham and Parmesan cheese.
Salads: Over 60 satisfying salads for lunch and dinner by Sue Quinn, $27.99, Indigo.
6. WEEKNIGHT COOKING FOR TWO
The back-to-school period can be busy even if you live in a household of two. This cookbook is filled with easy 5-ingredient dinner ideas you can make in 30 minutes or less.